Monday, January 31, 2005

A terrible thing to waste

Fox News: "[M]ore than one in three high school students said it goes 'too far' in the rights it guarantees. Only half of the students said newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories."

Another example of kids going to school without being educated. Another example of why education should be devolved to local communities.

Just who benefits when citizens don't know their own rights? Who decides that it's more important to have a new gym floor, newer classrooms, newer buildings etc. etc. than to educate citizens?

I wonder if something else might be in play also. Might kids be rebelling against the excesses of their parents? There seems to be a significant number of people in this country who conceive of civil rights primarily in terms of doing whatever they want without having to face moral judgments or even the natural consequences of their actions, that the end of freedom is lack of responsibility. There are also those (Hello, ACLU) who conceive of freedom as the right of priveleged groups not to be offended by expressions they don't want to see or hear. In both of these situations, freedom is a cynical, even hypocritical concept. Maybe there are high schoolers who see this and have little regard for "freedom" of this sort, and haven't been taught a better conception of it.

When a land transgresses, it has many rulers. Proverbs 28:2